The third entry in Bill Willingham's Fables series, Storybook Love, is a collection of short graphic stories about the fable creatures (from fairy tales and folk tales and some early novels) who were long ago exiled from their homes and are now living among the mundies (humans) in the New World.
A few of the stories give us additional background on some characters, like the role Jack (of beanstalk fame) played in the American Civil War and how the Lilliputians found their wives. The main stories are a continuation from Fables 2: Animal Farm, and set us up for the next book in series.
There is plenty of action in these stories, and at times it is near impossible to stop reading until the end of the scene. In addition, there are plenty of instances of what I call art humor. My favorites in this book have to do with the businesses in Fabletown, for example, one bar is called the Yellow Brick Roadhouse, and Nod's Books is advertising its comics nook.
Although I recommend reading the Fables books in order, there is a synopsis of the first two volumes at the beginning of Storybook Love so you can get caught up with the series. Remember though, these are not your childhood fairy tales; they are full of wheeling and dealing, bloody fighting, and sex.
There is a long list of artists on the title page of the book, but Mark Buckinham and Steve Leialoha are listed on the cover. The consistency of the characters, the details in the drawings, and the facial expressions are terrific and help keep me coming back to these books.
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